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2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

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I am excited to share with you my large family homeschool curriculum picks for 2019-2020 with you!

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Organization

printable custom planner homeschool curriculum

This year I am keeping track of all my curriculum and lessons in my custom homeschool planner! I released this digital product earlier this year, and so many of you are now using it for your homeschool! It is the ONLY planner that has worked long term for my ever changing family! I print it at home and use this tool to bind it at home as well. The cool thing about the pro-click binding system is that you can open the spiral binding to add things to it. It is the convenience of a spiral binding with the flexibility of a 3 ring binder.

Language Arts

  • The Good and the Beautiful – I tried this curriculum last year and it is as close to perfect as a language arts curriculum can get in my mind. It is open and go, somewhat independent and beautiful in both content and aesthetics. After using it for a full year, I was hooked. Levels 1-5 are completely FREE as downloadable and printable PDFs if you want to try it before you buy it. I am not talking a small sample, but the WHOLE YEAR curriculum is FREE. If you love it, I highly recommend purchasing the physical product. The colorful artwork, spiral binding and no-print-cost make this completely worth the low price. Grades don’t always line up with levels, so make sure you check here when you’re picking a level. This year we are doing :
    • Level K (1st grade)
    • Level 3 (4th grade)
    • Level 5 (6th and 7th grade)
    • High School, Year 1 (9th grade)
  • Teaching Handwriting Made Simple – This is my very own way of doing handwriting with all of my kids at the same time in fun and engaging manner. The technique reinforces several other aspects of language arts. My course teaches you how to implement this with your family no matter what the ages or grades of you children and how to do it as a group.
  • Literature – We pull books for our kids from various book lists including Good Reads and Amazon, but some of my favorites book lists are:
  • Spelling – The Good and the Beautiful language arts incorporates spelling. My handwriting course has built in practice, BUT one of my children needs a bit of extra help. I am still deciding between Spelling Power and Spelling Workout for extra practice for her this year.
  • Read Aloud – Every day I read aloud to my whole family. We will continue this practice daily this year as well. Once my list is formed I will share it with you here on the blog!

Math

  • Teaching Textbooks – We use Teaching Textbooks for grades 3-12. It is the only thing like it, and the automatic grading and step by step problem solving for EVERY. SINGLE. PROBLEM. is by far the biggest selling point. This year we have children in Teaching Textbooks 4, 6, 7, and Algebra 1. We use their subscription program so it isn’t computer dependent (we share communal computers). PLUS, they have a large family option that is only $200 for all students per year.
  • Math-U-See – This is the program I started homeschooling with and I have stuck with it all the way since then. I love Mr. Demme! I would probably use it indefinitely if they had an auto-grading/problem solving system like Teaching Textbooks. Math-U-See is our go-to curriculum from K to 2nd/3rd grade. Cora and Ezra are using Math-U-See this year. Ezra will be finishing Alpha and Cora will be starting Primer.
  • ZetaMac – I use this site, and set up the proper math drills for each of my kids based on their skill level. Then, I save that as a favorite in my web browser with their name as the title of the favorite. Each day, before or after their math lesson, they are required to complete a timed drill and record their score on their weekly assignment sheet. The site is free and super easy to use.

Memory

  • Bible – Each year we memorize Luke 1:1-20 to recite at Christmas time and Psalm 100 for Thanksgiving, as well as the New Testament books, Ten commandments and other favorite verses. I have 30 weeks of Bible memory cards available here.
  • U.S. Government – Each year we memorize certain U.S. government items, e.g., US presidents, states and capitals, branches of government and their jobs, the preamble to the constitution and more. The cards I use are a PDF download and can be purchased here.
    • Math and Grammar – I also have a set of memory cards for math/grammar that include math multiples up to 12 and important grammar terms. You can purchase them here.
    • US History – These are simple sentences about major events in US history for your children of all ages to memorize. The set includes 1 sentence per week for 30 weeks and is $3.99 as a downloadable and printable instant access PDF file.
    • Bundle to save! To save money I have bundled all 4 sets (bible, grammar/math, US history and US government) for $12.00. CLICK HERE to purchase.
    • TIP – I print each set of memory cards on a different colored cardstock so they are easily distinguishable from one another. I then laminate them and cut them out. Each set has a marked spot for a hole punch. I hole punch them and store each set on it’s own binder ring.
  • Samples – To see samples of each of the printable cards click on the corresponding link below:
Click below to purchase my printable 30 week memory cards:
ALL 4 Sets Math/Grammar Bible U.S. Government US History

History

  • The Good and the Beautiful, Year 1 – We have shifted back and forth with our history over the years including Story of the World, Mystery of History and unit studies I have created on my own. After being introduced to The Good and the Beautiful I looked into their History and fell in love with what I saw. It is family style, and that was a big selling point. Another thing I love is that while it is chronologically patterned, it doesn’t take 4 years to cycle from ancients to modern history. Instead each quarter is focused on one of the four segments (ancient, medieval, early modern and modern) of history. Each year it touches on different events within each each segment. We have yet to use it, and I’ll be letting you know what I think.

Science

  • The Good and the Beautiful- This year I switched science from Answers in Genesis to The Good and the Beautiful. I am actually in shock that I am using so much of their stuff. I have never done boxed curriculum (all one brand) before. This is as close as I have ever been to using one curriculum for all subjects. We will be going through 3-4 units, depending on time. The units I have picked for this year are: Botany, Marine Biology, Meteorology and Intro to Energy. These will be used by my K-8th grade students. To see how I organize my science units check out this video.
  • Apologia, Health and Nutrition – My 7th and 9th grader will be working together on this subject. My 9th grader has already completed Apologia Biology I, so this should be a cake walk for her. A lot of times I try to group two of my similar aged children together for subjects even if it means completing them a year or so earlier or later.

Foreign Language

  • Rosetta Stone – My 7th and 9th grader will be using our Rosetta Stone subscription account and continuing to learn Spanish. Rosetta Stone has been our go-to way to learn languages. We have used both the subscription version and the CD version. I much prefer the subscription route. This allows our kids to use their phone, tablets, or any computer. Their work, grade and progress is then saved online. They have a 40% off sale going on now until 9/3/2019 on the subscription we use. Click here for pricing.

What are YOU using this year?

 To see a video about our curriculum choices that has a few flip-through videos of various subjects click the link below!

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